Lori Chalupny
Women's National Team

Lori Chalupny

Defender Caps/Goals - 106/10
  • Date of Birth

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  • Hometown

    St. Louis, Mo.

  • Club

    Chicago Red Stars


Five-year-old Lori Chalupny spent all two-and-a-half hours of the afterschool program playing soccer with the boys on the blacktop. “I’d literally turn black from the asphalt. My mom would come to pick me up and she’d make me go wash up before I was allowed to get in the car.” She’d continue playing for hours by herself when she got home, dribbling around piles of leaves, kicking the ball against the wooden fence in her dad’s backyard. She’d break the wooden slats and her father would have to nail the boards back together again. “I couldn’t get enough,” says Chalupny.


Lori Chalupny was so shy she couldn’t handle a phone call. “My mom, wanting to make me less shy, would ask me to order the pizza. I could not do it. I didn’t want to make the call.” Shyness was a constant: “I played on the Youth National Teams for years and my teammates were like, ‘Yeah, but we didn’t hear you talk for the first five. And when I had to talk to media, I couldn’t form a complete sentence. It was horrible, I stumbled over every word.”

Lori Chalupny


Ironically, the kid who couldn’t speak in front of groups now spends all her time doing exactly that. When she’s not playing, she’s an assistant coach at Washington University in St. Louis. She still gets nervous speaking to a group – “I feel like I almost pump myself up to go coach,” says Chalupny. “But you know, the bottom line is that when all the players are standing there, waiting for you to talk, you end up talking.”

And when you have a coach who is a veteran of the National Team, you pay attention to what they have to say. “The players come to me with issues – how do I get more playing time? Or, what did you do as a captain to get the team pumped up? And I say, it’s not something you can say, it’s not a magical word, you just make sure everyone feels important and knows their role.”

Lori’s team is obviously proud – “They tweet stuff like, ‘No big deal, my coach is playing against Brazil tonight.’ It makes me smile.”

Lori Chalupny

U.S. National Team: Returned to the WNT fold at the end 2015 after a five-year absence, starting the last three games of the year at the International Tournament of Brasilia … Got her first taste of international duty in 2001 but, didn’t break into the National Team full time until 2005. 

  • 2015 Women’s World Cup Champion
  • Bronze Medal 2007 Women’s World Cup
  • Played every minute of every game at the 2007 Women’s World Cup, one of two players to accomplish that feat  and scored twice in the tournament, including the game-winner in the 1-0 victory over Nigeria to finish group play
  • Gold Medal 2008 Olympics
  • Scored one of the most important goals in U.S. history against Japan in the 2008 Olympic semifinal, blasting in the go-ahead goal just before halftime
  • 2009 U.S. Women’s National Team Captain
  • 2002 Under-19 Women’s World Cup Champion
  • Earned 14 Under-21 caps and 21 Under-19 caps during her youth career
  • 2005 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year
  • Career high for games in a calendar year: 34 in 2008
  • Career high for starts in a calendar year: 32 in 2008
  • Career high for minutes in a calendar year: 2,712 in 2008
  • Career high for goals in a calendar year: 4 in 2007
  • Career high for assists in a calendar year: 2 in 2007
  • Earned first WNT cap at the age of 17, meaning by that age she had played for the USA at four age levels 
2015: 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Champion... Earned her 100th cap with the USWNT on May 10 against the Republic of Ireland, coming on as a second half sub during the USA's 3-0 win in San Jose, California... Named to the 2015 U.S. FIFA Women's World Cup roster, her second World Cup selection... became second player in U.S. history to be named to two non-consecutive Women's World Cup rosters (2007, 2015), following Brandi Chastain (1991, 1999) ... Has played in eight games, started three and scored two goals so far this year... Made her first appearance in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in the Round of 16 against Colombia... Was one of three defenders to tally a goal in the USA's 4-0 win against New Zealand on April 4 in her hometown of St. Louis... It was her first goal with the WNT since Sept. 20, 2008, when she scored against the Republic of Ireland... Took the field against France on Feb 8., and twice during the Algarve Cup, helping the USA to its 10th tournament title after playing during the WNT's 2-1 victory over Norway on March 4, and in a 0-0 draw against Iceland on March 9... 2014: Played in three of the WNT’s final four games of the year at the International Tournament de Brasilia which her first action with the National Team in five years… Played a total of 130 minutes at outside back, but was replaced in each game as she worked her way back to international fitness … Recorded an assist in just her second game back with the team … 2009:Played every minute in five matches for the USA, captaining the USA to its 1-0 victory over Germany in October … Took over as the role as U.S. captain after Christie Rampone stopped competing in August due to her pregnancy … 2008: After playing in the midfield in 2007, she moved to outside back, which is where she started her WNT career, and played 34 matches starting 32 while finishing fourth on the team in minutes played … Scored two goals and one assist as she evolved into one of the best attacking outside backs in the world … Was knocked  out of the USA’s first Olympic match after just 15 minutes and missed the second game of group play against Japan, but came back to play every minute of the remaining four matches … Scored one of the most important goals in U.S. history against Japan in the semifinal, blasting in the go-ahead goal just before halftime … 2007: Played in every game in 2007, one of just two players to do so … Started 23 of the 24 games the U.S. played, including all six at the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup … Played every minute of every game at the WWC, one of two players to accomplish that feat … Scored twice at the Women’s World Cup, including the game-winner in the 1-0 victory over Nigeria to finish group play … Also scored against Norway in the third-place match, where she also had an assist … Had four goals and three assists during the year … Scored against China at the Four Nations Tournament Championship in January in Guangzhou, China, helping the U.S. to a 2-0 win and the tournament title… Also scored in a 6-2 win against Canada in a May friendly …2006: Started two games at the 2006 Four Nations Tournament in China, but suffered a concussion in that tourney against France and was out of action for four months … 2005: Voted the 2005 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year … Had a breakout tournament at the Algarve Cup, starting all four matches for the USA, playing mostly at left back, as the USA did not allow a goal and won the tournament championship … Played in six total games during the year, starting them all, and scored one goal, that coming against Canada …2004: A member of the 2004 Olympic Residency Training Camp, she played in four matches during the year, scoring her first career goal on May 9 against Mexico … 2003: Earned one cap in 2003, that coming against Italy … 2001: Earned first four caps for the full national team in 2001, playing against Italy in Rieti, Italy and then playing three matches in the 2001 Algarve Cup in Portugal, starting against Portugal and coming on as a substitute vs. Sweden and Norway … Youth National Teams: A key member of the U.S. team that won the inaugural FIFA Under-19 Women’s World Cup in 2002, she was the unsung hero of the team for her tireless work and poise in the midfield … Also a key member of the U.S. team that qualified in T&T for the World Cup … Helped the U.S. U-21s to the Nordic Cup titles in 2003 in Denmark, 2004 in Iceland and 2005 in Sweden … Also a member of the USA’s 2001 Under-21 Nordic Cup championship team, scoring two goals in the tournament, one against Denmark and then against Sweden in the championship game … Earned 14 Under-21 caps and 21 Under-19 caps during her youth career … Also played with the U.S. U-16 National Team in 2000, meaning that by the age of 17, she had played for the USA at four levels …First Appearance: March 7, 2001, vs. Italy … First Goal: May 9, 2004, vs. Mexico.

Professional / Club: 2014: Put in a tremendous season as the captain of the Chicago Red Stars, playing 23 of the team’s 24 regular season games (and starting 22 of those matches) and led the team with 2,003 minutes played … Was the most fouled player in the NWSL for a second straight season, suffering 45 infractions… Added five goals from her central midfield role … 2013: Allocated to the Chicago Red Stars for the inaugural season of the NWSL… Named to the NWSL Best XI as a midfielder… Started 17 of 18 games played and scored five goals on top of providing four assists … 2012: Played for the Chicago Red Stars of the WPSL-E, scoring five goals in 13 games before venturing to Swedish football later in the year to join AIK Fotboll Dam … 2011: Played the last season of WPS for the Atlanta Beat, ultimately scoring four goals in 34 appearances for the club … 2010: Transferred from St. Louis Athletica to the Atlanta Beat … 2009: Allocated to St. Louis Athletica for the inaugural WPS season where she captained the team … Helped Athletica to a second place finish during the regular season with a record of 10-6-4 and a berth into the Super Semifinal match … Named to the All-WPS First Team and played in the WPS All-Star Game … Played 18 matches for her hometown Athletica, scoring two goals with one assist … Tied for first as the most fouled player in the WPS … Youth club: Played for the Gateway Strikers at a forward from 1994-’95 before moving to JB Marine, where she played for eight years ... Won the U-23 national championship with JB Marine in 2004.